Bridgend Ravens and ELITE announce charity partnership

With our new community-owned status announced earlier this summer, Bridgend will cement this legacy by giving back to the local community. With that said, Bridgend Ravens are proud to announce our latest charity partnership with ELITE Supported Employment.

Bridgend’s first charity partnership announcement this season comes in the form of ELITE Supported Employment – a local Welsh charity helping disabled jobseekers into work. Having worked alongside the charity in previous seasons, Bridgend Ravens will be supporting the charity even further by providing promotion and volunteering opportunities throughout the Indigo Premiership 2019/20 season.

To celebrate this latest partnership, the Ravens recently invited staff from ELITE down to the Morganstone Brewery Field for a tour of the facilities and a meet-and-greet with the squad. With ELITE’s Team Leader Sara Johnston posing for photos with Bridgend Head Coach Steve ‘Jabba’ Jones, the mood was jovial as the players put on a performance in training for the ELITE visitors to watch.

Sara from ELITE had this to say on the announcement, “We are absolutely thrilled with this latest partnership with Bridgend Ravens rugby. We have a really strong presence in the Bridgend area with the charitable employment projects we offer. We want everyone to know about the resources available to disabled jobseekers in Bridgend and, with the rugby club supporting our message, we can spread the news as much as possible”

ELITE’s methods of supported employment revolve around ‘Job Coaching’ – a process where disabled jobseekers are paired with Employment Advisors who support and coach jobseekers. Offering up to six months of support until disabled jobseekers can work independently, Bridgend Ravens have opened up their match-day volunteering roles to ELITE’s jobseekers with their Employment Advisors on-hand to support.

Aled Thomas of Bridgend Ravens had this to say: “A big part of Bridgend’s new community ownership is about giving back to the people of Bridgend. ELITE have done some wonderful things for disabled people in the community and by offering ‘job coaching’ as part of our match-day volunteering, Bridgend Ravens can help support jobseekers with disabilities even further. Some of our committee members have completed ELITE’s Disability Awareness Training so we are skilled up and ready to support people from all walks of life onto our volunteer team at the Morganstone Brewery Field.”

To find out more about ELITE and the free services they offer to both jobseekers and employers – you can visit their website here: